After 25 years in the Pacific Northwest, my Midwest roots brought me back to Wisconsin. Although I visited Wisconsin many times during my stay in Portland, moving back really opened my eyes. Favorite old haunts grabbed my attention as if I had never seen them before. Places that I had ignored in the past no longer went unnoticed. And a quarter century of change provided a new list of places to see and things to explore.
No, Wisconsin doesn’t have 14,000-foot mountain peaks and the pounding ocean surf, but it has undulating hills covered with an amazing variety of trees, soft fields punctuated by barns, and more lakes than I could ever photograph in a lifetime. Though time and bifocals have dulled my vision a bit, they also brought many things into focus.
All of the photos in this exhibit were taken since I moved back to Madison in July 2007. They are not meant to provide an overview of the state; there are still too many places I have yet to see. The images simply show the things – old, new, rural, and urban – that passed in front of my lens and brought a smile to my face.